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by Chris_P_Bacon
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Para 3 . . . 25 in 24 Days
Replies: 48
Views: 1604

Re: Para 3 . . . 25 in 24 Days

Call the police! There's a madman around...
by Chris_P_Bacon
Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Polished or Toothy finishes
Replies: 46
Views: 1256

Re: Polished or Toothy finishes

Jim, If you still have as large an assortment of high end knives that I assume you may still have. You owe it to yourself to try these new stones. I have tried and own a pretty extensive sets of different stones. My favorites to date, are naniwa resin bonded. But even so, I still seek out the latest...
by Chris_P_Bacon
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:30 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Polished or Toothy finishes
Replies: 46
Views: 1256

Re: Polished or Toothy finishes

Either finish, at factory angles is one thing, and makes for a fun discussion, but if you are seriously wanting performance, lower angles are where it's at. If you can try different angles, lower than what the sharp maker allows. You will see your edge improve as you get shallower and shallower. The...
by Chris_P_Bacon
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Manix 2 Cruwear Smooth G10
Replies: 77
Views: 5614

Re: Manix 2 Cruwear Smooth G10

It's understood they want certain steels to be reserved for sprints, Cruwear being one of those.

But c'mon already, since no one has commissioned the XL in Cruwear, How 'bout a Flash batch?

Insta-buy for me.

If it sells out in Five minutes, then immediately second run.
by Chris_P_Bacon
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Caly 3.5 Light Weight: Any News?
Replies: 73
Views: 5287

Re: Caly 3.5 Light Weight: Any News?

RadioactiveSpyder wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:43 am
I held a Caly 3.5 FRN prototype at the April OKCA show
Do you recall if that one was pinned, or screw construction?
by Chris_P_Bacon
Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?
Replies: 35
Views: 2038

Re: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?

Larrin wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:08 am
I’m happy to see they haven’t managed to exceed the insane carbide content of Rex 121
Not really understanding why that would make you happy?

Care to elaborate?
by Chris_P_Bacon
Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?
Replies: 35
Views: 2038

Re: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?

V350 stainless 20% carbide at 60 hrc? meh... I'd probably opt for V280 20% carbide in the middle range, say 66-67 hrc. Yea I get it. I too, am kinda meh on low edge retention offerings as well, in this case however my thinking was more in line with testing purposes. More so for that part of the com...
by Chris_P_Bacon
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?
Replies: 35
Views: 2038

Re: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?

lol Mako, that's hilarious because the whole time I was reading it I was seeing it as the pronunciation vib-in-ite. Totally missed it.
:o
Split shifts have me all out of whack rite now. Too funny though, ya sicko :D

That'd be over the top if it was actually pronounced Vibe-Nite.
by Chris_P_Bacon
Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?
Replies: 35
Views: 2038

Re: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?

Cool animations, I'd like to see the real thing. Me too, JP If I had a 3D-rendering of a decent (say mule sized) fixed blade. I'd certainly be willing to contact them with intent to have it mocked up (rough finish). Plus, I'd also be willing to forward it along to BBB, if he's interested in giving ...
by Chris_P_Bacon
Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?
Replies: 35
Views: 2038

Re: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?

If you fancy yourself a steel nerd or just love new tech, here's a pretty cool Seven page article with the low down.

Linked from Metal AM Summer 2019 by Inovar Communications.

http://issuu.com/inovar-communications/ ... 019_sp/143
by Chris_P_Bacon
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?
Replies: 35
Views: 2038

Re: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?

I still feel that the more conventional pm steels have a lot of potential not fully realized. There are also some steels we have yet to see. Not quite time to jump ship yet boys. Agreed, just wanted to say. CPM S35VN was one of the only steels designed specifically for cutting blades/knives. But is...
by Chris_P_Bacon
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?
Replies: 35
Views: 2038

Re: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?

VBN Components AB, has a total of Five new alloys, which they use in the PMAM process based on Electron Beam - Powder Bed Fusion [EB-PBF]. Vibenite 150 ~7% carbides, range 55-63 HRC Vibenite 280 ~20%carbides, range 63-70 HRC Vibenite 290 ~25%carbides, range 68-72 HRC, World's Hardest Steel Vibenite ...
by Chris_P_Bacon
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?
Replies: 35
Views: 2038

Re: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?

Like you, Chris, I believe 3d printing and its more advanced variations, as time goes on, will prove to the skeptics to yield all that conventional steel-making gives us, as well as new properties that fundamentally change the way things are in the materials world. I am also very glad that Sal, Eri...
by Chris_P_Bacon
Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?
Replies: 35
Views: 2038

Re: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?

Chris_P_Bacon wrote:
Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:30 pm
Deadboxhero wrote:
Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:20 pm
Show me the barstock or it's not real :D
vid says "any shape", so barstock is possible, but they could cut out the rough blade, and rough the angle. Saving you a pile of belts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vkmClVyvVI
by Chris_P_Bacon
Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?
Replies: 35
Views: 2038

Re: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?

Chris_P_Bacon wrote:
Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:30 pm
Deadboxhero wrote:
Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:20 pm
Show me the barstock or it's not real :D
lol That's the beauty of it, there is no bar stock in the traditional sense. They can 3d a rough blade easily enough though, for a fee.
But, I know you were just razzin' me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyUusVcyGOY
by Chris_P_Bacon
Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?
Replies: 35
Views: 2038

Re: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?

Deadboxhero wrote:
Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:20 pm
Show me the barstock or it's not real :D
Image
by Chris_P_Bacon
Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?
Replies: 35
Views: 2038

Re: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?

35 years ago, I worked at a place that had many sets of metal rolls that measured 55"D x 80"L, and 35"D x 80"L. They were all certified at 72 HRC. Wish I had paid attention to the alloy and maker, but the only thing that jumped out reading the cert was the hardness. Yea there's more going on here I...
by Chris_P_Bacon
Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?
Replies: 35
Views: 2038

Re: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?

Great question Evil. Traditionally we've been taught you don't get anything for free, and that everything related to steel is a tradeoff. Based on that line of thinking the hardest steel would certainly be brittle. But we are also at the cusp of some really wild times in technology. The players (not...
by Chris_P_Bacon
Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?
Replies: 35
Views: 2038

Re: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?

#mindblown was the exact same feeling I had as well.

Hopefully, this makes it into a production pocket knife sooner rather than later.
by Chris_P_Bacon
Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?
Replies: 35
Views: 2038

Vibenite 290, Hardest Steel in the World?

Was gettin' my "new steel tech" geek-on earlier (admittedly and unashamedly, btw) :D Then it dawned on me, I haven't seen Vibenite 290 mentioned here (or over on blade forums), and decided to share. The Company, VBN Components AB, located in Uppsala, Sweden, launched Vibenite 290 in Nov 2017, and cl...

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